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Celebrating 40 years of making Magpie music.




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Massachusetts native George F. Root's very popular song "Battle Cry of Freedom (Rally ‘Round the Flag)"was introduced in Chicago on July 24, 1862 by the Lumbard Brothers, a well-known singing team. It was widely sung in the east by the famous Hutchinson Family Singers. The song sold more than 350,000 copies of sheet music, a "hit" even by modern standards.

Numerous legends and stories sprang up regarding the song's effect on morale among union troops. On the Confederate side, one former major, reminiscing in later years said he remembered during the famous "Seven Days Battles" at the end of McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign, after six days of losing repeatedly to rebel troops, union soldiers were heard singing the song in camp on a rainy night. One confederate soldier was heard to say, "Good heavens cap, what are these fellows made of anyway? Here we've licked 'em 6 days running and now on the eve of the 7th they're singin' Rally 'Round the Flag!" The former major said, "I am not naturally superstitious, but I tell you that song sounded to me like the knell of doom and my heart went down into my boots and though I've tried to do my duty, it has been an uphill fight with me ever since that night."

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40th
Anniversary
Concert
 

Saturday
October 26

7:30 p.m.
at The Barns
of Wolf Trap
Vienna, Virginia,
1624 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

www.wolftrap.org/Barns




 

NOTES AND LYRICS
FOR MAGPIE’S CD “THE CIVIL WAR: SONGS AND STORIES UNTOLD”


Battle Cry of Freedom (Rally ‘Round the Flag)
By George F. Root

Massachusetts native George F. Root's very popular song was introduced in Chicago on July 24, 1862 by the Lumbard Brothers, a well-known singing team. It was widely sung in the east by the famous Hutchinson Family Singers. The song sold more than 350,000 copies of
sheet music, a "hit" even by modern standards.

Numerous legends and stories sprang up regarding the song's effect on morale among union troops. On the Confederate side, one former major, reminiscing in later years said he remembered during the famous "Seven Days Battles" at the end of McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign, after six days of losing repeatedly to rebel troops, union soldiers were heard singing the song in camp on a rainy night. One confederate soldier was heard to say, "Good heavens cap, what are these fellows made of anyway? Here we've licked 'em 6 days running and now on the eve of the 7th they're singin' Rally 'Round the Flag!" The former major said, "I am not naturally superstitious, but I tell you that song sounded to me like the knell of doom and my heart went down into my boots and though I've tried to do my duty, it has been an uphill fight with me ever since that night."

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